After my post on how I planned to entertain outside for the Fourth of July, a few readers asked me to please show what is in my “Party Closet”.
Never heard of a party closet? It is a must if you host family, friends and others in your home. It is my #1 tip that makes entertaining at home easy.
After the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with a houseful of overnight guests, the Party Closet was used hard and needed some straightening out this morning. It was a good time to take a few photos so I could show you what I keep in the closet.
My Party Closet is in the “hallway of darkness” that can also be called the “hallway of many doors”. When we first moved into the house I wasn’t sure what I would store in these closets, but came up with the idea of expanding one of them from my “party basket” concept into a Party Closet.
The hallway has four 6-panel doors that I painted white and one set of bifold doors that cover the laundry area.
You may remember when I made DIY French Enamel look signs for each door to label what was behind each and to give the hallway a little character without adding any clutter.
In this hallway, I have made over or updated the walls, the powder room, China Closet and laundry area, and even made a faux transom with mirrors. The only thing I haven’t made over is the Party Closet, except to organize the contents.
It is one of only two areas in my house that I have not painted or given a little decorative love. The other area is the walls in the entry/foyer.
I have organized the small items in baskets placed on the top shelves. I used these in the pantry in my previous house. On the other shelves are all the entertaining supplies we need and use from liquor, mixers, paper plates, plastic drink glasses, serving and mixing pitchers, my cardboard trays, utensils, candles, and more.
I will still keep all this in the closet, but as you can see from the color of the walls and shelves, they are a dingy off-white and could use a little refresh.
I will pull everything out of the closet, clean it and then paint the shelves and walls. While I am at it, I will edit and remove what we no longer use and add new items like the LAKE LOVING “coozies” that were given to us over the weekend for keeping drink cans and bottles cold.
We have lots of liquor on the floor. Most of it is leftover from my daughter, Kelly’s wedding. We had to buy it to stock the reception bar. Any bottle that was not open was returned. After the wedding reception was over, we kept any bottles that were already open. We put a big dent in it while celebrating the Fourth this past weekend. :-)
With the hot summer heat on outside, I think it is the perfect time to get the walls and shelves painted white so the Party Closet takes on the same fresh and white vibe as the rest of the house. :-)
Once I get the closet painted this week, I will take inventory and post AFTER photos and give you the details of what is in my party closet.
Once you get a party supply closet or even a party box or basket created and organized it will be like you have your very own party supply store right in your home. You can stock it with just the right stuff to host a party in the best possible way – easy and in your own style.